6 Things You Must Do To Get Into College

Getting into college isn’t as hard as you may think. It just requires organization, dedication, and effort.

Do you want to know how to get into college? Keep reading to find out…

Task #1 – Brainstorm about what you might want to do.

Examine your strengths and weaknesses. Determine your passion. This might change, but use this as a starting point.

Maybe you’re a rock star artist or you are an awesome cook or you want to fly a plane or maybe you want to be an accountant. This will allow you to start thinking about what type of college might fit you.

Task #2 – Figure out what type of college you want to go to.

Big, small, far away, close to home, etc. Discuss your options with your counselors, teachers, parents and friends. Also you can visit Petersons.com.

Task #3 – Determine what the school’s admissions requirements are…

GPA, tuition, housing costs (if you plan to live on campus), application fees, standardized test scores, etc. Select schools that fit your current situation…is it affordable and how likely is it that I will be accepted?

This will help you put your best foot forward when it comes time to submit your application.

Task #4 – Pay attention to deadlines!

Senior year will be hectic…you will have to manage the college application process in addition to all of your normal responsibilities (I.e. homework, part-time jobs, extracurricular activities, etc).

If you don’t pay close attention to application deadlines, financial aid deadlines, housing deadlines, scholarship deadlines…they can quickly pass you by without you realizing it.

Task #5 – Apply to 5-7 schools.

It’s a good idea to apply to 5-7 schools to give yourself some options. I know that in Task #2 we talked about figuring out the school’s requirements, but lets play it safe here. If you apply to 5-7 schools and you could live with going to any of them then you have a better shot at getting into college.

Task #6 – Research scholarships and financial aid.

Find out about scholarships. You can start researching scholarships as early as your sophomore year. Most scholarships applications don’t change very much from year to year, so if you start your research early, then you can familiarize yourself with the application requirements.

Also, you want to apply to financial aid early. The earliest that you can apply is January 1st. You want to apply as close to this date as possible to give you the best shot at receiving the most financial aid.

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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